Union of Catholic Mothers
The U.C.M. meets on the third Tuesday of the month in the parish rooms, at 7.30 pm. It is open to all women of the parish, whether or not they have children. Our evenings consist of a short business meeting, commencing with prayers, then perhaps a speaker, quiz or craft activity, followed by light refreshments, usually finishing by 9.30 pm. We offer friendship, mutual support and the opportunity to get to know other parishioners.
We are part of a national organisation which originated in 1913. At that time most married women didn’t work outside the home and it was felt that something was required to support them and their families. Our own Foundation in Burton was formed in 1938, and a celebration Mass was held in June 2013 to mark the 75th anniversary. This was attended by the Diocesan President and other officers. The Diocesan Committee meets four times a year, and there is an open invitation to attend these meetings. At Diocesan level there is an annual Mass celebrated in St Chad’s Cathedral, a Christmas social, Study Days and the Annual General Meeting with Mass and lunch. The Centenary of UCM was celebrated in August 2013 by Mass and Lunch at Oscott College, and six members attended this. This was a wonderful day out – the sun shone, the Mass, celebrated by Bishop David McGough, was memorable, and the food superb!!
There is a National President, and committee, and a newspaper ‘The Catholic Mother’ is published four times a year. Also nationally, there is an annual pilgrimage to Walsingham on the first Tuesday of July, which is a wonderful opportunity to mix with other foundations, with Mass, walking the Holy Mile, and Benediction.
Details of meetings are published in the parish newsletter and there is an open invitation to ladies of the parish to join us for the evening to see if membership would be suitable for them.